Former Navy SEAL Colin Vale is looking for a woman. Not just any woman, though. He wants one who will be a good mother to his adopted daughter, Sofia. Someone steady and reliable who will give Sofia the kind of stable, happy childhood he didn’t have. That woman is not Lily Rhodes, Sofia’s new nanny—a free spirit whose top priority is chasing her dreams. But despite Lily not checking off any of the marks for what he wants, Colin can’t fight his attraction to her. To Colin, who thrives on regimentation, Lily’s priorities seem utterly alien. So why does he find her whimsical nature so darned appealing? Even while he goes out on a series of dates to find the perfect wife and mother, he can’t stop thinking about Lily…
As the oldest of eight children, Lily’s early life was full of responsibility and expectations. The last thing she wants is to settle down before she has a chance to explore, to live. That doesn’t mean she isn’t wildly attracted to Colin, though. How could any red-blooded woman not be attracted to a man like him? He’s the hottest guy she’s ever met and a loving father to Sofia… but this gig as a nanny is temporary, just a way to make money until she can do what her heart truly wants. The problem is, the longer she stays, the more her heart is turning in another direction—and that scares the daylights out of her. She doesn’t want to be tied down, yet how can she even think of leaving?
So when she’s offered an opportunity that would bring her time with Colin and Sofia to an end, Lily is forced to make a life-altering decision and decide what her dreams truly are.
Colin Vale is an ex-Navy SEAL who retired to raise his daughter, Sophia. He puts an ad out for a nanny so he can have time to find the perfect mother to complete his family. Lily is a stark contrast to his regimented and tidy lifestyle. Where his home and life are organized, pure, and full of rules, hers are cluttered, messy, and free. While he set off to find a woman who was his perfect image, he can’t stop his attraction to his nanny and what she offers him and his daughter.
The romance of the book was typical for the genre, but that’s why we keep reading these types of books. I enjoyed the banter, the little touches of humanity. I haven’t read the previous books in the series, but I can see there were tie-ins from the previous book. I enjoyed the suspenseful aspects the author chose. It created a well-rounded story.
Overall, I’d say it kept me engaged. It was a short read and the ending left me satisfied as a reader.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.